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How to build a targeted resume

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    how to build a targeted resume

    So here's a form that will make it quicker and easier to translate a job posting into a targeted resume (and cover letter) that shows the employer what a good candidate you are.

    When you find a job opportunity you want to pursue, fill out this form as completely as you can. The more you know about the employer's wants and needs for the job, the easier it will be to submit a resume and cover letter that targets them specifically.

    (Download a printer-friendly version of the form.)

    Job Details

    Company Name: ______________________________________

    Job Title: ____________________________________________

    Job No. or Code (if any): ______________________________

    How You Found Out About Job: __________________________

    Salary Range (actual or estimated): ______________________

    Contact Information

    Person's Name: _______________________________________

    Title & Dept: _________________________________________

    Email: ______________________________________________

    Phone: ______________________________________________

    Fax: ________________________________________________

    Address: _____________________________________________

    Documents Requested Submission Method
    ____ Resume ____ Email Attachment
    ____ Cover Letter ____ Apply Online
    ____ Work Samples ____ Fax
    ____ References ____ Postal Mail

    Requirements

    Years of Experience: ___________________________________

    Education: ___________________________________________

    Licenses, Certifications (if any): __________________________

    Other: _______________________________________________

    Desired Skills, Personal Traits, Keywords, etc.

    The targeted resume is written to highlight the skills and experiences relevant to a particular position. When sending targeted resumes, the resume will be edited or rewritten for each job the candidate applies to.

    In addition, a targeted cover letter is typically written to accompany the resume when applying for jobs.

    Why Write a Targeted Resume? 

    Adapting your resume for each position you apply for takes some time and effort, but helps to make it very clear to hiring managers and whoever else sees your resume that you're a good fit for the position. Customizing your resume allows you to showcase the qualifications, accomplishments, and particular aspects of your work history that match closely with the requirements listed in the job description.

    Be aware that the more you tweak and adjust a resume, the higher your risk of introducing an error or typo; always be careful to proofread carefully before sending your resume to an employer.

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  • All experience levels; writer's experience matched to your career level
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  • Unlimited email interaction and unlimited revisions for up to a week (5 business days) after you receive your first draft
  • Remember: Targeted Resume Build work will begin once you have submitted a completed questionnaire, uploaded a job description you'd like to target and you have completed your resume strategy session with your writer.

    Here's information on how to tell if a job is a good fit.

    How to Write a Targeted Resume

    Option #1 - Edit the Summary or Profile
    You don't necessarily need to rewrite your entire resume to make it targeted for a particular position. Sometimes a few small updates in key sections of your resume can have a powerful impact in defining your strengths. The first step is to carefully review the job description, so that you can be sure the position is a good match for you, and know which qualities and skills to emphasize on your resume.

    The easiest way to target your resume (without rewriting the whole resume) is to include a Resume Summary of Qualifications, a Profile or Career Highlights section at the top of your resume.

    Review the job description and then review your resume. Take the experience, credentials, and education that best match the job posting and include them in the Summary of Qualifications section at the top of your resume.

    Take the keywords used in the job posting and work them into your resume. Here's how to decode a job advertisement so you know what the employer is looking for.

    Example of Matching a Resume With a Job Posting

    Sample Help Wanted Ad with Targeted Resume

    The following is an example of a job posting, along with a sample resume written specifically to apply for that position. You can see how the resume writer made sure that her highlighted skills are exactly what the employer is seeking.

    Sample Help Wanted Ad for Human Resources Manager
    Recruit all exempt and non-exempt employees. Orient new employees to the organization. Design and implement staff training and development programs. Manage employee retention initiatives.

    Administer all compensation, benefit, and state mandated programs including processing of enrollments, terminations, unemployment, and workers compensation claims.

    Member of union contract negotiating and management team.

    Human Resources Manager Targeted Resume Sample

    The following is a sample resume targeted to the above job posting. As you can see the Summary of Qualifications closely correlates with the job posting.

    Resume Summary of Qualifications

    • Experienced manager with expertise in human relations and project management
    • Extensive background in staff recruitment and retention
    • Staff training and development
    • Superb written and oral communication skills
    • Organizational and Strategic Planning
    • Management Coaching
    • Program Marketing
    • Contract negotiation and compliance
    • Knowledge of Federal and State Employment Law

    Targeted Resume for Human Resources Manager Position
    Review the complete targeted resume.

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